Nov 2, 2021
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After the scandal with Olga Buzova, the artistic director of the Moscow Art Theater resigned


The presenter and singer Olga Buzova is shocked by the actions of the theater management.

The past week was very stormy for Russian culture. In one day, there were rearrangements at once in two leading theaters of the country: the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater and the Gorky Moscow Art Theater. The latter was headed by businessman Vladimir Kekhman, who almost immediately after being approved by the theater director began to take action.

On the last day of October, an announcement appeared on the institution’s website about the cancellation of the performance “The Wonderful Georgian” with the star of “House-2” Olga Buzova in the leading role. The reason was the low demand for tickets, and it was also tactfully stated that the play was not completely excluded from the repertoire, that is, someday, perhaps, it would appear.

But this postscript could not deceive anyone. Including Buzova herself, who burst out with stormy accusations against the new leader for misleading the public: people are pouring down to the performance with her participation and tickets are all sold out. It’s just that Kehman doesn’t love her for something. But artistic director Eduard Boyakov felt the idle potential, and therefore invited.

Olga Buzova
Olga Buzova

This night it became known that the patron of Buzova was also asked from the Moscow Art Theater. Boyakov himself announced this on Facebook.

I quit the Moscow Art Theater. Gorky. Director Vladimir Kekhman invited me to write a statement in the evening. I did it despite the fact that I have a five-year contract. It is not in my rules to arrange opposition or opposition in a situation when the leadership does not want to work with me. The reason voiced by Kekhman is my attitude to Doronina. I will not comment on these or other aspects of my communication with Kehman. I see no point, the topic is closed“, – the innovator of theatrical art, who has set the goal of making it close to the broad masses, shared the sad news.

Recall that Eduard Boyakov took the place of Tatyana Doronina in 2018, leaving the honored actress as president of the Moscow Art Theater. Gorky and, accordingly, the salary, but moving it away from the creative process. Later, Doronina criticized the invitation to the theater of the Instagram star Olga Buzova, like many other colleagues and viewers, but the artistic director had his own opinion.

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